Sabinews Evening News Update for October 7, 2015
Customs free rice from import restriction
Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali(retd.), has ordered the immediate removal of rice from import restriction list and the re-introduction of import duty payment. Read more
Ministerial nomination: Plot to stop Amaechi shifts to Senate
The plot to abort the confirmation of a former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, shifted to the Senate on Wednesday.
Amaechi, who was also Director General, Buhari Campaign Organisation, was one of the 21 ministerial nominees unveiled on Tuesday by Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Read more
5 countries declare interest on Nigeria’s mining sector
Alhaji Sani Shehu, the President, Miners Association of Nigeria, on Wednesday said five countries had declared interest to invest in Nigeria’s mining sector.
Shehu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the countries were Thailand, South Africa, Dubai, Canada and Australia. He said they had declared interest to come to Nigeria with their equipment and start mining very soon. Read more
Debt recovery: Doyin Okupe gets temporary reprieve
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, south west Nigeria, has adjourned till 27 October this year,the debt recovery suit filed against Dr. Doyin Okupe, the former Senior Special Assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan, and two others, by the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
Initially, NDIC had filed an application before the court to place the suit on an undefended list before Dr Okupe and other defendants in the suit sought the leave of the court to file their defence and counter claim. Read more
Lagos threatens to sanction abandoned building owners
Lagos State Government has advised owners of uncompleted or abandoned buildings in the state to ensure that they complete such buildings or face sanctions if it is discovered that such buildings are occupied by miscreants or used for unlawful acts.
Briefing Government House correspondents after the State Security Council meeting, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the meeting discussed security situation, crime management, law enforcement and traffic management within the state and other issues, with a way to finding lasting solutions to them. Read more
House to Investigate N5tr AMCON Debt Profile, Under-Remittances of Non-Oil Revenue
The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to investigate what it said is the undue accumulation of debts by the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) amounting to N5 trillion, in excess of its N800 billion debt ceiling.
It also alleged that over N2 trillion was lost due to the non-transparent process adopted by AMCON in the sale of Oceanic Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Enterprise Bank and Mainstreet Bank. Read more
Discos propose temporary fixed charge reduction
Several of the electricity distribution companies in the country have proposed a temporary reduction in fixed charges as there has been.growing agitation for the removal of the charges altogether, The Punch reports.
The Discos stated this in their 10-year tariff plan submitted to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). According to the tariff review guidelines from NERC, in filling their tariff applications, Discos shall reduce fixed charge from customer bills by increasing the energy charge. Read more
Teachers seek review of secondary school curriculum
A cross section of teachers has urged the Federal Government to review the present secondary school curriculum as it narrows the scope of students’ knowledge.
They made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the celebration of the 2015 World Teachers Day on Monday in Abuja. Mr Kaaor Simon, First Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Benue State, said that the exclusion of some former core subjects from the present curriculum was a limitation to the knowledge of students. Read more
Akwa Ibom Election Tribunal Resumes Sitting Thursday
After two weeks of adjournment, the Akwa Ibom governorship tribunal sitting in Abuja resumes Thursday to adopt written addresses by parties in the matter.
Candidate for the All Progressives Congress in the election, Umana Umana, had approached the tribunal challenging the conduct of the poll and the declaration of Udom Emmanuel as winner. Read more
Ondo converts 900 LG workers to teachers
The Ondo State Government has increased the number of teachers in primary schools in the state with the employment of 900 National Certificate in Education holders.
According to the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, the 900 were redeployed from the local government service into the state Universal Basic Education Board to address the need for more teachers in primary schools across the state. Read more
Nigeria Needs Two More Years to Be Certified Polio Free – WHO
The declaration of Nigeria as being removed from the list of polio-endemic countries notwithstanding, it has been said that the country would need another two years of interruption of wild polio virus transmission before the country could be certified polio-free and eradicated.
It would be recalled that the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday announced that polio was no longer endemic in Nigeria, when it said, “all laboratory data confirmed that 12 months have passed without any new case of polio in the country”. Read more
Ministerial list: APC hails Buhari over Fayemi’s nomination
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has commended and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating former Governor Kayode Fayemi as a member of the Federal Executive Council.
It said by that gesture, the President was sending a signal that hard work and vision to faithfully serve the nation would not be overlooked in the reward system of his administration. Read more
Retired teachers in Enugu lament non-payment of pensions
Some retired primary school teachers in Enugu State, on Wednesday, cried out over the non-payment of their pensions for about 27 months.
The elderly former teachers, who narrated tales of woe during a visit to the Enugu State House of Assembly, also said they were yet to be paid their gratuities since they retired in 2002. The aggrieved pensioners urged the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr. Edward Ubosi, to come to their aid by facilitating the payment of the outstanding entitlements. Read more
Shun violence, Civil Defence boss tells youths
The Commandant–General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Mohammed, has cautioned Nigerian youths against being used by disgruntled elements to perpetrate violence in the country.
The NSCDC chief also urged the youths to embrace peace, as according to him, that was the only way Nigeria could develop further. Read more
Falana seeks probe of Swaziland monarch over virgins’ death
Nigerian human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has urged the United Nations to take up King Mswati III of Swaziland over the death of no fewer than 60 young women, including virgins in his kingdom.
The young women reportedly died in an auto crash en route the venue of the Swaziland annual dance festival, Umhlanga Reed Dance, where King Mswati III usually picks one of “thousands of topless virgins as his new wife.” Read more
Charles Okah’s death a rumor – NPS
The Nigeria Prisons Service on Wednesday described as “rumour” the death of the alleged mastermind of the 2010 Independence Day bombing in Abuja, Charles Okah.
Okah was said to have died in prison shortly after returning from a scheduled court appearance on Last Tuesday. Read more
Ekiti Jails 574 for Breaching Environmental Laws, Bans Street Smoking
The Ekiti State government has convicted no fewer than 574 persons at the Mobile Court for Environmental Offences for contravening the
State Environmental Health and Sanitation Law since the advent of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government in 2014.
The government has also handed down a stringent warning to those smoking Tobacco in public places to desist, saying the Tobacco
Prohibition Law would now being enforced and that there shall be restriction to such practice. Read more
Climate Change: NIMET Seeks thorough Research on Indigenous Methods
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) on Wednesday in Enugu declared that meteorological observation and data collection remain major keys to practical understanding of the climate system.
The Agency’s Director-General, Dr Anthony Anuforom, made the disclosure in his keynote address at the 6th Regional Conference of Vice Chancellors, Provosts, Deans of Science, Engineering & Technology (COVIDSET 2015), hosted by the University of Nigeria, (UNN), Nsukka. Read more
Ebonyi Mourns Late Ma Umahi, Declares 7 Days Mourning
The Ebonyi State Government on Wednesday declared seven days mourning as a mark of respect and honour to the mother of the State Governor, Late Mrs. Margaret Umahi who passed on in an Enugu Hospital Tuesday after a brief illness.
THISDAY gathered that since the demise of the late matriarch on October 6, tributes have continued to trickle in to commiserate with the family, government and people of the state. However, no official statement has been made by the family concerning the burial arrangement but people have been trooping en mass to condole with the first family of the state. Read more
Nigeria witnessing a rebirth under Buhari – Fasanmi
A leader of the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, has said that Nigeria is currently witnessing what he called a second re-birth under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Fasanmi made his position known in a letter of appreciation dated October 3, which he sent to the President. He was thanking Buhari for the congratulatory message he sent to him on his 90th birthday recently. The nonagerian said he was humbled by the sentiments expressed in the message and he felt honoured by the attention paid to him. Read more
Don’t play politics in screening of ministerial nominees, Okpozo tells Saraki
SECOND Republic senator and elder statesman, Senator Francis Okpozo, has admonished the senate President Bukola Saraki not to play politics with the screening of the nominees, saying the interest of Nigerians must come above their personal interest.
Okpozo who was reacting to fears that the frosty relationship between the senate President and the leaders of his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) may frustrate the screening of the nominees warned that such action may not only put the senate in bad light before Nigerians but they face the wrath of Nigerians who voted massively for President Muhammadu Buhari. Read more
Kaduna State Govt. plans gender, social inclusion policy to protect women
The Kaduna State Government on Wednesday announced plans to introduce Gender and Social Inclusion policy to protect women and girls in the state.
The Commissioner for Women and Gender Development, Hajiya Rabi Abdulsalam, disclosed this during a one-day gender stakeholders’ meeting in Kaduna. Read more
British bishop jailed for sex assaults
A British court on Wednesday jailed a former bishop with links to the royal family for 32 months after he pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting teenagers in a case that has prompted accusations of a cover-up. Judge Alan Wilkie said Peter Ball, 83, had taken advantage of aspiring priests for his own “selfish sexual motives”. Read more
Boko Haram days are numbered – Gaidam
Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe has expressed hope that the Boko Haram insurgency would soon come to an end in spite of the barbaric and unjustified suicide attacks.
The governor made the remark on Wednesday in Damaturu in a statement issued by Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, his Special Assistant on Media. Read more
Merkel says EU’s asylum rules ‘obsolete’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday described as “obsolete” European Union asylum rules that put the onus on EU states where migrants first arrive to process their refugee claims.
“Let’s be frank. The Dublin process, in its current form, is obsolete,” Merkel said in a joint speech to the European Parliament with French President Francois Hollande. Read more